February 23rd, 2009
10:55 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Busy Day at the White House

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Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Recovering from a late night watching the Oscars? We have plenty of news for you to chew on today! President Obama meets with the nation’s governors today, even as some of the GOP’ers in the group fret over a portion of the stimulus bill related to unemployment assistance.

Folks like Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana have announced plans to turn that portion down because of the long term effects on state budgets after federal money runs out.

Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for him and others not wanting any part of the stimulus: “I am more than happy to take money…of any other governor in this country that doesn’t want to take this money. I take it because I think California needs it.” This Terminator is ready to snatch up that cash.

How well do you know Gov. Bobby Jindal? You’re going to get a big dose of him tomorrow night because he is set to address the Joint Session of Congress after President Obama in the Primetime hours. Candy Crowley will tell you more about him, as many believe he is the next GOP star.

$1.5 trillion- that would be a great lottery win and is also the amount of our nation’s deficit, a combination of inherited debt from the Bush Administration and stimulus spending. Later today, President Obama talks about fiscal responsibility with 130 people in attendance including lawmakers, scholars and advocacy groups to talk about how to get the budget under control. His goal is to slash that debt by half in 2013.

Other news we are watching: Rumor has it the govt is negotiation with Citigroup to take a larger ownership stake in the bank. We’ll try to confirm this story by tonight and let you know what it means for you! Especially as new polls show how worried you are about the economy. 8 out of 10 Americans say things are going badly in the country in a new CNN poll we have commissioned.

Randi Kaye has been watching the story of Chandra Levy over the weekend. She is the former DC intern whose remains were found 8 years ago, an infamous ‘cold case’ in the nation’s capitol. Now an arrest may be imminent and sources say the suspect is Ingmar Guandique, serving a 10 year prison sentence for 2 assaults in the same park where Levy’s remains were found. Randi will have the latest on this story.

We also saw a clip of First Lady Michelle Obama opening up her kitchen to 6 culinary students so they can learn about preparations for a big official dinner. The group was guided through planning for President Obama’s dinner with the nation’s governors today. We want to get in that kitchen too and see how it all works. Apparently, our President is a big fan of scallops and pie. Getting hungry?

See u tonight!

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Pat

    From Oregon: Just to let you know once you have eateb Huckleberry jam or used Huckleberry syrup you will be placing orders on the web with regularity.
    A wild berry of the Northwest, just google Huckleberry and find a place to purchase. It is such a wonderful sweet intense flavor, and there is no other like it. One of my favorite treats is a bagel, with cream cheese topped with huckleberry jam, oh wow!
    Pat in Oregon

    February 23, 2009 at 11:01 pm |
  2. Wanda

    For those republican govenors and those in congress who have opted to play the game of politics at the expense of what's left of the lives of the American people, I say we vote them out of office and or empeach them, which ever comes first. See you in the unemployment line.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  3. sandra

    Jindal is the "great republican hope" in the next 4 yrs, so all media exposure is focused on getting him elected. He does NOT care for Louisiana, only on his own agenda. Remeber the lower 9th ward? the educational level? the poverty level? the Jenna 6? Oops!! forgot they were the same color as our President.

    February 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  4. Jackie in Dallas

    As a "neighbor" of Louisiana, living as I do in Texas, and having family in that state, I can tell you that the PEOPLE of that state need the stimulus money badly. If I'm driving to Shreveport, I can immediately tell when we cross the border; the Interstate feels like a wash board. Levees in all parts of Louisiana, not just in the New Orleans area, are in dire need of repairs. And what about New Orleans itself? Jindal has done NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING to help that struggling area. Some Hollywood stars, often castigated by the GOP as bleeding heart liberals, have put literally millions of their own money into rebuilding, not to mention their own sweat and blood, and have done fund raising to raise additional millions. If Jindal is a GOP rising star, then expect him to become a NOVA, all light and sparks as he self-implodes.

    February 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  5. paulernestshow

    We do not need the earth to quake before we realize republicans are simply playing politics with both the stimulus and the ecoomy, in congress and by their state governors. It is an unfortunate posturing for a party that has long claimed patriotism with the nation. Even the devil is cringing at the level of hardship by many Americans. It's only the Republican party that wants evrything to fail so that they can return to power. America does not mean much to them.

    February 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  6. Tom C.

    Sharon S
    Hope you don't lose your job. Because if you do you will be happy your Gov. took the money.

    February 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  7. Michelle

    I find it strange that some of those GOP govs
    live in the poorest states in America. They are
    trying to have their cake and eat it too. That is
    why they say some in case they have to backtrack.
    At some point Repubs will get the point along with
    CNN, nobody cares about ideology except those
    who live and subscribe to that mess.

    February 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  8. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Folks like Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana have announced plans to turn that portion down because of the long term effects on state budgets after "federal money runs out."-–DAHHHHHHHHH You expect the federal government to continue indefinitely support your state budget-–and you are the next Republican rising star? Good luck Republicans.

    February 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  9. eric


    February 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  10. wayne runnes

    I am just waiting to see when it really comes down to it which rep is going to say thank u but no thank u (none) Bottom line when the money is being passed out they (all rep) will have their hands out like everyone else.Rep are a joke they want to talk about whats good for the people when it has never been about the people. Where was all the righteousness when president bush was in office and there was NO regulation going on and billions and billions of spending going on.Oh right i forgot do as i say not as i do...

    February 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  11. marjorie

    Here is an idea to make many people happy about the stimulus.

    Give each US citizen only a cash payment to use for whatever they need to fix their financial problems. And I mean a good amount. Then when it is gone then they have only themselves to blame for where the money went. Never mind the banks and big corporate idiots who have already failed handling money, give the ordinary person the chance to handle their own money. If they don't handle it wisely it won't be worse than what has gone on already with the "so called experts".

    February 23, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  12. Sharon S

    Good for the Govs are not accepting the handout unlike the greedy ones who are, these men actually seem to care about the future!

    I know my greedy Gov here in VA will be the first with his porky little hand reached out and guess what the problem is that most of that money these greedy men take won't ever make it down the pipe to me or the working people of the Commonwealth!

    No they will pad their own pockets as usual and we will be the ones being put on the spot to repay what they TOOK!

    February 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  13. Jeannie Brooks

    $1.5 Trillion deficit from Bush years? That's not all.
    When Bush took office, he had a budget surplus of 5.4 Trillion and a foreign debt of 5.6 Trillion, When he left, he had doubled the foreign debt, to 10.6 Trillion, and spent the surplus plus another 1.5 Trillion. So he spent what, about 11-12 Trillion in 8 yrs? So the Republican dominated Congress sure look foolish claiming they are just concerned about the taxpayers and are sticking to their so-called fiscally conservative "principles" when they've spent like drunken sailors.
    Now that 8 yrs of Republican public and tax policy has tanked not only our economy, but the global economy, they are making the foolish argument that the way to restore our economy is to keep the same policies that caused this cataclysmic collapse. They are, in effect, saying the road to recovery is the same as the road to ruin.

    February 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  14. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    I find it interesting that positive comments about Gov. Jindal get "moderated" into the black hole of cyberspace but negative trash talk is welcome at any time. So much for that 360 approach to journalism Anderson and most of your staff try to achieve.

    What I know about Gov. Jindal is that he is intelligent, he is fair, and he does what is best for all of Louisiana, not just a marginalized few that fit whatever the current PC definition says he should worry about. I have watched this man since he was first appointed by Gov. Foster to lead DHH. Gov. Jindal doesn't always make the popular decisions. He makes the ones that benefit the majority, though. I do hope you have guts enough to show that side of him and not make him the village idiot just because he's going against whatever it is your agenda apparently is and you think your far left Republican hating viewers want to see and hear.

    February 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  15. shawn

    Gop so full of it, when bush was spending like there is no tomorrow they did not say not one word about it, but President Obama is trying to make USA a better and cleaner place to live for our kids and these moron gop governors acting like three stupid carefree guys, poeple is hurting in every state now and need help, gop remember people built state/country not governors, gop keep your foolishness for campain time this is time for the people.

    shawn, NY

    February 23, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  16. Annie Kate

    Its going to be interesting to see just how many states turn the stimulus money down and if they are all Republican or if any Democratic states do the same. The biggest test will be further down the road when other states have recovered and those that didn't participate did not (that is assuming the stimulus works).

    Now about that dinner – do they need any tasters for all those goodies – just to be sure the quality is high? I'll volunteer....sounds delicious...

    February 23, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  17. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Morning Penny
    The oscar blog was great last night . I thought Hugh Jackman did a good job with the dance numbers keept every one on thier toes . Michelle Obama is going good thing sending students to culinary school that's how much they appricate people and thier struggles now with the economy being in turmoil . Thanks for the buzz
    see you on 360.

    Have a great day
    Michelle D.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  18. Michael C. McHugh

    Well, that's all right too, we'll just send all of it to the North and the West. Somehow, though, I don't believe that when push comes to shove those governors are going to turn it all down.

    February 23, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  19. Cindy

    @ Micheal C. McHugh....The Rep governors are talking of not taking the stimulus money. Gov. Perdue announce here in Georgia today that he's very seriously thinking of not accepting the money because in the next three years he will have to raise taxes to make up for the unemployment insurance that the stimulus will give. He is turning down billions, not to mention Jindal, Barbour, Sanford also are along with him saying that they won't take it either!

    If you want to read up on it go to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and they have a huge article written on it called: Perdue: Ga. might turn down some stimulus funds. I would post it here but it is way too long.

    And just so you know...most of the state agrees with him on not taking the money. So come next election we won't be electing a dem. Sorry to kill your wishful thinking..it won't happen!


    February 23, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  20. Cook

    I miss my FRIEND Penny ....

    I only comment usually on the TITLES of your STORIES – too tired to READ more than I need to!!!!

    Isn't that awful????

    February 23, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  21. Michael C. McHugh

    I mean, they should run in 2010 and 2012 proclaiming that they proudly refuse all federal help in a depression, and that they wish Calvin Coolidge were president again. People seem to forget that he was Reagan's favorite president of all time.

    February 23, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  22. Michael C. McHugh

    I am still waiting for some Republican to stand 100% behind their free market principles and reject the federal money completely. If they are really sincere in their ideology and believe it's terrible for the country, then they shouldn't take a penny of it. Indeed, they should run in 2010 ans 2010, waving the Stars and Bars, proudly proclaiming they wouldn't touch any of that Yankee money. As a progressive Democrat, I certainly hope that's how they will run in every future election, and then we'll really clean up. There might still be one Republican left in Congress representing Yahoo Flats or someplace like that, but we'd sweep them even in the South–and they know it.

    February 23, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  23. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The Republicans are reaching out into the future for a star-–and when they retract back--will have nothing but a radio-and believe me a radio is more apprproiate than Jindal.

    February 23, 2009 at 9:10 am |